Do you still use Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2?

Your machines will be your greatest security risk when these products reach their end-of-life (EOL) in January 2020.

Beginning January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.

As new and better technologies enter the marketplace, another batch of products near the end of their lifecycles. You shouldn’t be surprised if any of your business’s technology has reached end-of-support—your company’s CIO or IT outsourcing provider should have already consulted with you and developed a plan for upgrades and replacements.

Commonly Used End-of-Life (EOL) Microsoft Products:

The following Microsoft products will reach their end-of-life on January 14, 2020:

  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Exchange Server 2010
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008

View our PDF for more information about these and other products nearing end-of-life as we approach 2020.

What’s the Business Impact of End-of-Life Products?

End-of-life, or end-of-support, products are hardware and software that have reached the end of their useful life and are no longer marketed, sold or supported by their manufacturer.

As hardware and software age, manufacturers stop providing security patches and no longer roll out new features for those products. To mitigate security concerns, you should upgrade your company’s end-of-life products as soon as possible. Continued use of end-of-life technology can expose your business to several risks—such as extended downtime, cybersecurity holes and a lack of product support.

Why Do Products Reach an End-of-Life?

The availability of new technology is the primary reason products reach the end of their lifecycles. However, other factors like market changes also determine the length of a product’s lifecycle.

Microsoft’s 2020 End-of-Life Products

Microsoft’s end-of-life products will not receive new updates, security patches, assisted support or online technical content updates.

Windows 7

Microsoft’s Windows 7 is a computer operating system produced as part of the Windows NT operating system family.

End of support date: 1/14/2020

Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise users can purchase Extended Security Updates through January 2023. To learn more about the Windows 7 Extended Security Updates, download the Microsoft End of Support FAQ.

Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2008 is a server operating system developed by Microsoft. Windows Server 2008 R2 is a Microsoft server operating system developed to add to the enhancements built into Windows Server 2008 to improve scalability, availability, and power consumption.

End of support date (Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2): 1/14/2020

Microsoft recommends that businesses migrate their Windows Server and SQL Server applications to Azure to improve cost savings and security.

Exchange Server 2010

Exchange Server 2010 was the first version of Microsoft’s Exchange messaging platform with the ability to be either deployed on-premises, cloud-hosted by Microsoft or another cloud vendor, or implemented as a hybrid solution.

End of support date: 1/14/2020

Microsoft recommends that businesses consider migrating from Exchange 2010 to Office 365 or Exchange 2016. While your installation of Exchange 2010 will continue to run after January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide technical support, bug and security fixes, or time zone updates.

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008

The Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 is a native hypervisor, or native Virtual Machine Monitor (VMM). This means a server computer running Hyper-V can be configured to connect individual virtual machines to one or more networks. Hyper-V was initially released alongside Windows Server 2008 in October 2008.

End of support date: 1/14/2020

Microsoft recommends that companies using Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 products and services should migrate to Microsoft Azure so they can take advantage of three additional years of critical security updates at no additional charge. If you cannot meet the end-of-support deadline, you can purchase Extended Security Updates to continue to protect your server workloads until your business is able to upgrade.

About Aldridge IT Design and System Capacity Planning

As part of the Framework for Successful IT, your company’s IT Design team should help incorporate IT system capacity planning and lifecycle management into the IT roadmap outlined by your CIO. At Aldridge, we function as your complete IT department so you can stop worrying about your technology and focus on running your business. Our team of IT professionals can provide your business with the resources it needs to proactively plan for and manage the lifecycles and health of your IT systems.

Contact an Aldridge representative today to learn more about end-of-life product management and Office 365 migration.